[self note:@”gdb”];

August 11th, 2018

set solib-search-path ./lib64
# or: set solib-absolute-prefix ./lib64
file usr/bin/something
core-file core

Bluetooth apt-X finally works w/ OpenSource!

June 6th, 2018

I also finally hcidump’ed which codecs my Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 supports, as the marketing material is often not that detailed and trustworthy. So besides the standard SBC; only apt-X:

# hcidump | grep -i codec
Media Codec - non-A2DP (aptX)
Media Codec - SBC
Media Codec - non-A2DP (aptX)

CLI, manual Bluez connection

June 4th, 2018

# bluetoothctl

power on
agent on
scan on
pair xx:…
connect xx:…

Notes. installing Irix, Octane, O2

April 21st, 2018

Empty HD:

boot -f dksc(1,3,8)sash64
# boot -f dksc(1,3,8)sashARCS

boot -f dksc(1,3,7)stand/fx.64 –x
# boot -f dksc(1,3,7)stand/fx.ARCS –x

Install System Software

2 to open media
# insert all CDs

then to install:

keep *
install standard

in case of conflicts:

conflict 1a 2a .. .. ..

Obviously, more detailed tips at the usual: nekochan.net, …

The best Kritharaki receipe

April 9th, 2018

- Zwiebel mit 250g Mett anbrutzeln
- kleine oder halbe Zucchini
- 1, 2 Mönchen, schön klein scheiden
- Knoblauch, wenn man will
- Paprika
alles dazugeben und mit anbrutzeln, nicht zu viel
dann 1/4 Liter Wasser, Brühwürfel und Kritharaki direkt mit dazu
wenn es köchelt ein bisschen (mehr) Tomatenmark (ca. halbe Tube)
ca 15 Minuten kochen und
immer wieder gut umrühren, ggf. Wasser nachgießen
ggf. wenn man mag mit Sahne oder Schwand abschmecken
und/oder mit Feta (oder Mozzarella) Käse dekorieren

AT command notes

March 15th, 2018

so it is that time of the decade again, that you need to poke with some AT modem commands, e.g. for 3G / LTE networks, …

Does the SIM card need a PIN?

Enter the PIN if required:

Current network:

Update: special service numbers, e.g. balance:

List of early computing systems [WIP]

March 12th, 2018

I think we initially had a 286 without HD, nor color graphics
my father’s 386sx25 w/ 2MB RAM for what feels forever
gifted free NEC V20 XT clone thing
Pentium 120
IDT WinChip2 240
AMD K7 Athlon 600
AMD K7 Athlon 1GHz?
Sun Ultra 5 4/2002
Sgi Octane 11/2005
iBook G3 750?

GCC becomes slower and slower

January 18th, 2018

As visible on my other posts, also on twitter and instagram I’m working on some vintage machines with our #t2sde the other weeks. Now only did the new GCC versions feel slower and slower, where even EPYC datacenter servers took like twice as long to bootstrap some $sysroot, … I did a quick mips64 build and install to the R10000 mips64 Sgi Octane. A hello-world.c compile is like 20% slower from 4.9.4 to 7.2.0 (N32 user-land):

# gcc –version
gcc (GCC) 4.9.4
# time gcc hello.c
user 0m1.080s


# gcc –version
gcc (GCC) 7.2.0
# gcc hello.c
user 0m1.290s

glibc minimum linux kernel version

December 31st, 2017

Note to self:

glibc-2.13: at least 2.6.12… ok (mips64)
glibc-2.19: minimum kernel version reset to 2.6.16 (mips64)
glibc-2.21: at least 2.6.32 (mips64)

to be extended.

Also, turns out the FP NAN representation was recently changed for IEEE 754-2008 on MIPS around Linux kernel version 4.5.0, and glibc 2.23.

Update: On a similar note: GCC 4.4 now supports the MIPS R10K, R12K, R14K and R16K processors.

Update 2: i386 removed with Linux kernel 3.8, last glibc without NPTL for i386 LinuxThreads: 2.3.6?

Update 3: sparc32/sun4c removed with Linux kernel 3.5.

low-level format a spinning hard drive

December 27th, 2017

On this vintage Unix workstation machine I still got one of those spinning SCSI drives. The one in the SPARCstation 2 –spinning with 7200rpm, from 1999!– had some bad blocks at the end. First I partitioned it so that the OS would not touch them, but as I wanted to re-install a new, slightly different T2 build I wanted to try to get rid of this bad blocks. From the spec it sounds like those old drives may only re-map reserve spare blocks on low-level format, as opposed to any write like modern disk drives do. “Flawed sector reallocation at format time”, however, the document also mention “Programmable auto write and read reallocation”, “Reallocation of defects on command (Post format)” and even “Full automatic read and write reallocation” hm, … confusing.

Anyways, I did not really wanted to do a longer term install with this bad blocks so I tried the sgutils’s sg_format for the first time ever. Little bit of a scary thing, and you should certainly not do this light hearted. After issues the SCSI FORMAT command, the drive is busy and won’t respond to regular SCSI commands. I run for an hour, so I guess it was stuck ad some bad area. I turned if off, guessing this may render it bricked, and it came back online without responding to SCSI READ and WRITES, … I issues another FORMAT; in the hope it may complete, and after only some minutes it did, ..! Yay, good luck.

So do not try this too easy and too often. I still have to re-read the drive to see if it still gives read errors, or if the reallocation re-mapping of reserve sectors was successful.